WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar nomination week

Posted by · 6:02 am · February 6th, 2010

Anne Hathaway and Tom Sherak announcing the 2009 Academy Award nominationsDid you hear? The 2009 Academy Award nominations were announced. “The Hurt Locker” and “Avatar” led the pack.

Days before, Kathryn Bigelow nabbed the Directors’ Guild Award — the first woman ever to do so.

Back to the Oscars, we collected reaction statements from 44 of this year’s nominees.

I rounded up some of the most pleasant surprises in the nominations, as well as the most unwelcome snubs.

We introduced a new daily feature, the Oscar Guide, taking a magnifying glass to the Best Supporting Actress, Animated Short and Visual Effects races.

A special midweek edition of Oscar Talk surveyed the post-nomination landscape, while Kris updated his winner predictions once more.

Meanwhile, the Long Shot reflected on the heated (and often misleading) side-taking that comes with every Oscar race.

Tech Support cast an eye over the Academy’s choices in the technical races.

Away from the Oscar beat, the Sundance fest wrapped, with Debra Granik’s “Winter’s Bone” leading the award winners.

“Avatar” spent a seventh week atop the box office charts. Can “Dear John” prevent an eighth?

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and “Land of the Lost” topped the Razzie dishonor roll.

How well did we call the nominees? Off the Carpet took a final predictions stab; so did Tech Support.

I played the prediction game too, but also did some wish-making with a dream ballot of my own.

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